What Is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a sensation of moving or spinning. The feeling of vertigo is often compared to dizziness, but it's important to note that vertigo and dizziness aren't exactly the same. When you get dizzy, you feel unbalanced and may have difficulty staying upright. With vertigo, you feel as if you are spinning. 

While vertigo and dizziness aren't the same, they are both issues related to your balance.

What Causes Vertigo?

Two types of vertigo exist, and each has distinct causes. Peripheral vertigo is associated with the part of the inner ear responsible for balance. The vestibular labyrinth or vestibular nerve, which connects the brain stem and inner ear, can be affected by peripheral vertigo. 

A head injury, inflammation of the vestibular nerve, swelling of the inner ear or certain medications can cause peripheral vertigo. Meniere's disease is another cause of this condition. 

The other variant is called central vertigo, which is caused by a problem in either the cerebellum or brainstem. Stroke, tumors, multiple sclerosis and vestibular migraines can all cause central vertigo.

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What Are the Symptoms of Vertigo?

The primary symptom of vertigo is the feeling that either you or your surroundings are moving. You may feel nauseated or vomit when you experience vertigo. 

In addition to the sensation of spinning, you may also have hearing loss, difficulty focusing or loss of balance. In central vertigo cases, symptoms can include facial paralysis, eye movement difficulties, trouble swallowing, limb weakness and slurred speech. 

Benefits of QSMChiropractic Care for Dizziness and Vertigo

Vertigo and dizziness can interfere with your daily life, making it difficult to do the things you love. In severe cases, you may even find it hard to stand. Fortunately, there are ways to manage the condition and alleviate its symptoms. If you experience peripheral vertigo due to an issue in your inner ear, chiropractic therapy on the upper cervical spine may help to reduce fluid buildup in this area and lessen the spinning sensations. 

Your Trusted Ann Arbor Chiropractors for Vertigo Relief

Dr. Jonathan Lazar at Lazar Spinal Care specializes in correcting upper neck issues associated with vertigo. If you're tired of dealing with dizziness and seeking effective vertigo treatment, don't hesitate to request an appointment with us today.

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